Assistant Professorship in Environmental Epidemiology – University of Copenhagen

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26 April 2018

Assistant Professorship in Environmental Epidemiology

Section of Environmental Health, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen 
The Department of Public Health seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor in Environmental Epidemiology, as a 4-year position, to commence on 1st June 2018 or shortly thereafter.  
The Environmental Epidemiology Group, within Section of Environmental Health, conducts epidemiological research to examine health effects of major environmental exposures, including air pollution road traffic noise, wind turbine noise, green- and blue- spaces, etc. Group has experience working with a number of health outcomes including asthma in children and chronic diseases in aging population: asthma, chronic obstructive respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke, lung cancer, breast cancer, brain tumor, diabetes, dementia, mortality, etc. The group utilizes internationally unique possibilities of combining data from large Danish cohort and nationwide administrative data, with historical exposure data based on residential address history and health data from national registries. Research with these large and complex data, characterized with multiple environmental exposures that change over time and which are highly correlated with each other, demands advanced epidemiological and statistical methods. The group also actively participates in international, European and Scandinavian collaborative projects, such as ESCAPE, ELAPSE, TAPAS, etc. The Section of Environmental Health administers a number of compulsory and elective courses in aspects of environmental medicine at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, entailing both epidemiological and toxicological knowledge on the most important exposures for the Danish population and internationally. Candidates should have a PhD in environmental epidemiology or a closely related field by the start of appointment. Preference will be given but not limited to those with experience studying health impacts from exposure to air pollution, road traffic or other transportation noise, occupational exposures, climate change, gene-environment interactions; and/or developing methodology for statistical modeling and risk assessment. The successful candidate must have a strong record of training, research experience, and accomplishments. The ability to obtain external research funding and publish in highly-ranked, peer-reviewed journals is expected. The successful candidate would also be expected to contribute through research, teaching, mentoring, and outreach, and to perform research in an area that develops and complements ongoing efforts in the Section of Environmental Health, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen. 
Job description 
The position entails research, including publications and scientific communication, fund raising, as well as research-based teaching and associated examination duties, within the field of environmental epidemiology, but also in related fields (epidemiology, toxicology, etc.). 
The distribution of the Assistant Professor’s functions may vary periodically according to the department’s requirements. The functions will qualify the candidate in research and teaching. During the period of employment supervision will be provided as well as opportunities of educational upgrading with a view to a final written evaluation of the Assistant Professor’ teaching qualifications. 
The Assistant Professor will also be expected to participate in the development of the scientific field and in the administrative functions of the section. 
Qualification requirements 
  • The PhD degree or the equivalent  
  • Research and research-based teaching experience 
  • Relevant scientific research experience and knowledge of methods used in environmental epidemiology and toxicology are seen as advantage 
  • Good communication skills, oral and written 
  • Good interpersonal and collaborative skills 
Terms of employment 
Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013. 
For further information, please contact Zorana Jovanovic Andersen at +4520740462 or at  
Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility) and  
Application and deadline 
The application must be submitted in English, no later than 2 May 2018 by clicking on the “Apply online” button below, and must include the following: 
  • Application, detailing the basis on which the applicant wishes his/her scientific, teaching and other qualifications to be assessed, including research plan 
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Diplomas (all relevant certificates collated into one file) 
  • List of publications 
  • Documentation for teaching qualifications 
  • References 
  • A maximum of 3 publications 
The University of Copenhagen encourages all interested in this post to apply. 
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at  
The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises app. 7500 students, app. 1500 PhD students and app. 3200 employees. The Faculty creates new knowledge and recognition through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions for the benefit of patients and the community. 
Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.